Chamber Convenes Community Leaders for 75th Annual Meeting
Announces four new initiatives, honors four public servants, shares 75-year retrospective, and features one of Fortune’s most powerful women as keynote
Chapel Hill, NC – On Feb. 8, 2018, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce (@CarolinaChamber) convened 400 community leaders for the 75th Annual Meeting (#75thAM).
During the meeting, Chamber Directors announced four new initiatives, honored four distinguished public and private sector leaders, shared a 75-year retrospective, and hosted one of Fortune’s most powerful women, Chairman, President, and CEO of Duke Energy, Lynn Good, as the keynote speaker.
“Today’s Annual Meeting allowed us the opportunity to look back on 75 years of good business and look ahead to how we will continue to make greater Chapel Hill among the best places in the world to live and work,” said Reagan Greene Pruitt, newly-elected Chair of the Chamber Board of Directors and Vice President of Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC.
During her remarks, Chairman Pruitt unveiled the Chamber’s new vision statement: “To be a globally recognized community with the talent, infrastructure, and investment that drives the success of local employers and supports world-class education, public amenities, and thriving downtowns.”
Pruitt also announced four new Chamber commitments:
- Engage 75 more businesses in the Small Business Energy Initiative during this 75th anniversary year (#75in75). Together with partner organizations, the Chamber will offer free energy audits that help businesses integrate energy efficiencies and save up to 20% on average small business energy costs.
- Support and strengthen the relaunched Carrboro Business Alliance, which is governed by leaders from Cameron’s, Carr Mill Mall, Chapel Hill Tire, Sophia’s Boutique, The Arts Center, Tyler’s Restaurant & Tap Room, and WCOM-LP. Membership to the Alliance is free for Carrboro-based Chamber members.
- Organize the largest membership drive since 2010, when we convened 250 volunteers who helped expand the Chamber network by 300 members and generate $100,000 in new revenue to fund stronger advocacy and member programming.
- Review all Chamber communications and begin the first rebranding effort in almost 15 years. This exciting project will ensure the Chamber brand and messaging reflect the membership’s shared vision with a novel identity and exceptional creativity.
The Chamber’s 2017 Board Chair, Joel Levy of Joel I. Levy, CPA, PLLC presented three awards during his remarks:
- The 2017 Chair’s Award for Public Private Partnership was awarded to Donna Bell of the Town of Chapel Hill.
- The 2017 Chair’s Award for Service to the Chamber was given to Brett Bushnell of Tri Local Realty LLC.
- The 2017 Ambassador of the Year was awarded to Nancy Williams of Carolina Capitol Solutions.
Duke Energy District Manager, Indira Everett, presented the Duke Energy Citizenship & Service Award to Chapel Hill Town Manager Roger L. Stancil in recognition of his integrity, stewardship, inclusion, initiative, teamwork, and accountability.
In her keynote remarks, Duke Energy Chairman, President, and CEO Lynn Good talked about the importance of investing in infrastructure, especially a strong and flexible energy grid:
“Upgrading our infrastructure is the foundation that will enable us to transform the experience our customers have, allowing us to offer new solutions and tools that rival other customer-centric companies,” said Good. “We are creating a cleaner, more reliable and resilient energy infrastructure in North Carolina that is ready and able to meet the needs of your businesses – now and as you continue to grow.”
The Annual Meeting, held at The Carolina Club, closed with Chamber President and CEO Aaron Nelson inviting members to register for the 2018 Inter-City Visit to Lawrence, Kansas, the Leadership Chapel Hill-Carrboro Program, and the International Travel Opportunity to Colombia.
*Full citations for all award winners are listed below and photos of the event will be available on the Chamber’s Flickr account.
*Review the Chamber's 2017 Annual Report Infographic.
- Coffee Networking Sponsor: Coastal Credit Union
- Duke Energy Citizenship Award Sponsor: Duke Energy
- Year in Review Sponsor: Rho, Inc.
- Year in Preview Sponsor: East West Partners Management Co.
- Breakfast Sponsor: Durham Technical Community College
- Event Sponsors: Terra Nova Global Properties, Prestige Associates, Inc., Community Home Trust, Rams Club, and Nicole Danielle Photography
About the Chamber: With more than 1,250 local business and nonprofit members, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce is a diverse leadership organization that serves and advances the business interests of our community and builds a sustainable community where business thrives.
Contact: Katie Loovis, VP, External Affairs
The 2017 Chair’s Award for Public Private Partnership:
Donna Bell, Chapel Hill Town Council Member
“Created in 2010 by then Chamber board chair Joanne Fiore of AICPA to recognize an individual whose work and community service builds bridges between the community’s public and private sectors. This year’s award is presented to an elected official whose work advances the interests of our community by balancing her strong interests in social justice, environmental stewardship and economic prosperity for all. This individual convenes diverse voices in an effort to build consensus and like the Chamber, works to advance the public interest over the special interest. And while we might not always agree, she has always made herself accessible and available to hear and consider the business perspective. For that we are grateful. It is the Chamber’s privilege and honor to publicly appreciate the work of this community leader by presenting her with the Chair’s Award for Public Private Partnership. Congratulations to Chapel Hill Town Council Member Donna Bell.” (Joel Levy, Chamber's Immediate Past Chair)
2017 Ambassador of the Year:
Nancy Williams, Carolina Capitol Solutions
“The Chamber Ambassador program, now in its 30th year, is a group of business leaders who volunteer their time to support first year Chamber members, orienting them to Chamber benefits and services as well as positioning them for success in our community. This group of 12 talented individuals combines to offer the Chamber more than 200 hours of volunteer service. The 2017 Ambassador of the Year – and winning the award for the second year in a row – is Nancy Williams. Accepting on her behalf is her partner David Newton.” (Joel Levy, Chamber's Immediate Past Chair)
2017 Chair’s Award for Service to the Chamber:
Brett Bushnell, Broker/Owner of Tri Local Realty
“The final award is presented to an individual in recognition of exceptional service to the Chamber, its mission, and its members. This year’s winner is an essential member of the Chamber volunteer team - a leader, a trusted advisor and a champion for our members and their interests. Chair of our 2016 Economic Development and Public Policy Committee and the 2017 and 2018 Government Affairs Committee, this individual steers and guides our public policy work and serve as chief advisor to both our staff and the board on all things policy and politics. For his service to the Chamber and its members, I am pleased to recognize Brett Bushnell, Broker/Owner of Tri Local Realty, as the recipient of the Chair’s Award for service to the Chamber and its members.” (Joel Levy, Chamber's Immediate Past Chair)
Duke Energy Citizenship & Service Award:
Roger L. Stancil, Chapel Hill Town Manager
“The Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award is a tribute to individuals or groups who make a difference in their communities and organizations by using their time, talents, and compassion to make a positive difference. Recipients of the award help foster a culture of citizenship and service that acts as a catalyst for others to become involved.
The honoree must exhibit the following business values: integrity, stewardship, inclusion, initiative, teamwork, and accountability. This year’s award winner is Chapel Hill Town Manager, Roger L. Stancil. Roger will you please join me on stage.
A graduate of Wake Forrest University (for which he enthusiastically cheers) and UNC Chapel Hill, Roger has served the people and communities of North Carolina, with excellence, for 45 years. Named the Chapel Hill Town Manager in 2006, Roger has served our community with distinction for 12 years. Roger’s time in Chapel Hill will be remembered as one of effective, ethical leadership that engaged community, empowered employees and encouraged and promoted partnership. Through his years of service, Roger demonstrated the power of active listening and how to treat others with kindness and respect. He has shown us what true, thoughtful, intelligent, effective leadership looks like.
Roger, for your exceptional service to our town and state, and for always going the extra mile, it is my privilege to present to you, on behalf of Duke Energy and the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce, the Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award. Congratulations.” (Indira Everette, Duke Energy)